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A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person. Mignon Mc Laughlin

This is a year where everything we get to celebrate is sweeter. Even though celebrating things is tough, having something to celebrate boosts our spirits. Over the next few months or as long as it takes I am looking forward to being the mother of the groom.

It is a tough time to plan a wedding. Family weddings are being postponed and when the next wedding gets in line, what do they do? When your sister’s wedding supposed to happen this year is postponed till next year what does the next bride do? They may already have been waiting through a year and a half engagement to plan their own wedding.

Is their etiquette about two siblings getting married in the same year? What about someone whose dream is a destination wedding. How does one plan one of those in these times?

I highly recommend a destination wedding. It was easy, fun, and about as carefree for the families, during a wedding as one can expect. The wedding planner takes care of everything and what a fantastic job she did handling a wedding per day. Every wedding looked like it met the bride and groom’s vision.

Wedding season is upon us and those who really want to get married this year will probably do it in constrained circumstances. A friend talked about having friends on zoom as he and his fiancé have a small wedding. My mother in law is talking about the same thing happening for someone at her church.

Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking forward together in the same direction. Unknown

Many couples live together before getting married and they may put off the wedding they planned. But, those who do not live together may not want to put off starting their life together.

When things don’t work out as planned it adds to our story. Often we look back at what we overcame as fondly as what went exactly as planned. Overcoming is where we meet our best selves. We rise to the occasion and feel proud of what we manage to accomplish in difficult circumstances.

At one wedding I was part of one of the groomsmen who ended up sick was replaced by the groom without the bride knowing of this hiccup.

Planning a wedding may be good preparation for starting a life together. Compromise will be needed. Plans may change and disappointment may have to be dealt with.

There is no happily ever after in married life. If there was we would die of boredom. Challenges keep us on our feet. We sometimes hear people say, “What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?” Maybe if we knew we couldn’t fail it would take all the fun out of it. Why bother, we know we won’t fail?

We don’t want everything in life to be too exciting but we also don’t want to know nothing will ever change, be challenging, or exciting. Nothing stays the same even when we wish it would.

Do people who finally get married after living the carefree bachelor life for more decades than they like to count ask themselves why they didn’t do it sooner? When all their friends were taking on the heavy lifting of life and building a family what were they thinking?

Marriage and family is the cornerstone of our society. Watching our children take their place in life is one of the joys we have as parents. We are looking forward to planning and participating in a wedding. Isn’t life great when we have something to look forward to?

There are many things that keep me from getting married. But there will be a time when marriage makes sense to me. Adam Levine

Marriage is not a noun; it’s a verb. It isn’t something you get. It’s something you do. It’s the way you love your partner every day. Barbara De Angelis

Getting married, for me, was the best thing I ever did. I was suddenly beset with an immense sense of release, that we have something more important than our separate selves, and that is the marriage. There’s immense happiness that can come from working towards that. Nick Cave

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